Film Commission







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Film Commision

The Santa Cruz County Film Commission assists with film permits, locations, and provides information on crew, equipment and support services for feature films, commercials, television, and still photography shoots.

Santa Cruz is 35 miles south of San Jose, 65 miles south of San Francisco, 35 miles north of Monterey and 375 miles north of Los Angeles.

In addition to its locations and proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz County offers a diversity of locations, including majestic redwood forests, winding mountain roads, charming rustic towns, an historic narrow-gauge railroad at Roaring Camp Railroads, old Victorian neighborhoods, colorful seaside villages, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, lush agricultural fields, dramatic coastal bluffs, and 29 miles of coastline, all within just a few hundred square miles.

The Santa Cruz County Visitors Council can also assist production companies with a wide range of lodging and dining options for every budget.

Santa Cruz County has been featured in over 140 television productions and feature films, including The Lost Boys, Harold and Maude, Kinsey, Frog and Wombat, Dangerous Minds, Sudden Impact and The Tripper. Click here for a complete list of production credits. Founded by the local film community, the Santa Cruz Film Festival features independently-produced movies each spring as a way to celebrate the community's rich cinematic history.

For more information, please contact the Santa Cruz County Film Commission at 831.427.4405, ext. 112.

303 Water Street, Suite 100
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
800.833.3494 or 831.425.1234
prtips@santacruz.org